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Zoë Papinczak

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Zoë is an experienced consultant and psychological scientist who employs strong research, analytical and interpersonal skills to deliver outstanding outcomes for clients.

With seven years of experience working as a researcher in academia, she brings expertise in behaviour change, evidence-based program design, and quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methodologies. Zoë has delivered projects across the health, human services and education sectors and is passionate about creating positive change for individuals, organisations and communities through her work. 

Influential work

  • Project-managed the development and evaluation of a behaviour change program for Department of Veterans’ Affairs clients targeting physical activity participation and psychosocial wellbeing 
  • Led the design and implementation of a digital clinical assessment tool at a Queensland public hospital clinic to assist psychologists with case formulation and treatment planning 
  • Conducted an evaluation of Beyond Blue’s performance in meeting its strategic objectives, leading the review of business documentation and scientific literature  
  • Contributed to the drafting of the National Tobacco Strategy 2022-2030 for the Australian Department of Health, conducting extensive consultations with federal and state agencies and public health experts  
  • Completed PhD investigating the causes of cannabis addiction and the utility of using a precision-medicine approach to enhance the effectiveness of cannabis addiction treatment. 

Outside of Nous

Prior to Nous, Zoë was a research fellow at the University of Queensland working across the fields of health psychology, health promotion and addiction. Her research has largely focused on developing and evaluating health behaviour interventions and psychosocial wellbeing programs for high-needs populations. She has published her research in leading academic journals and presented her work at international and national conferences.  

Zoë has also worked as a consultant for a boutique firm, where she assisted federal and state government agencies and not-for-profit organisations in the health, education and human services sectors to design, review and evaluate their policies, programs and services. 

Zoë holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours) from the University of Queensland. 

In her spare time...

Zoë enjoys spending quality time with her partner and friends, going for runs and playing the guitar. She loves to travel and is currently learning the French language. 

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